Conference President

Piper, Harold Edgar

1916 - 1918

Harold Piper was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1882. The Piper family were early converts to Adventism in New Zealand. In 1901 Harold began selling Adventist literature as a colporteur. After a year he succumbed to the allure of the Avondale School and crossed the Tasman. He spent 1902-03 as a scholar and then returned to New Zealand where he engaged in evangelism and also married Lily Brown. Piper returned to Avondale in 1908 and, building on his previous study credits, was able to complete and graduate from the Teachers’ Course in one year.

It is not clear whether Piper engaged in teaching, but 1910-1916 saw him again engaged in evangelism, first in New Zealand and then in New South Wales. It was from this work that he was called to the Queensland Conference to replace Edwin Butz. Queensland replaced the fifty-two-year-old Butz with the thirty-three-year-old Piper. Harold Piper served as president for almost three years before being called to another conference. Piper was highly regarded as an administrator and over the next twenty-four years he served as president of all conferences with the exception of South Australia. In 1940 he was appointed secretary of the Australasian Union Conference and from 1941 to 1948 he served as Vice-President of the AUC.

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